You may remember that during my trip to Houston last month I spent an afternoon in
Heaven Ikea and picked up a few things, including this kind of silly but 100% adorable picture frame for a mere five bucks. I stuck it up in my little grouping of items in the downstairs bath and waited for inspiration to strike before filling it with anything.
I hemmed and hawed, considered a photograph, something DIY’d, or even a purchased print (this one was a major contender), but while going through some things yesterday after work found the perfect solution sitting right under my nose.
This is a photo of our wedding venue (the Louisiana Old Governor’s Mansion), taking by famous Louisiana photographer Fonville Winans in the 1930′s. It’s a standard gift from the OGM to couples who get married there, and comes with a thick white mat and some fascinating info about the OGM and Fonville Winans on the back.
I’ve been waiting to find the perfect frame for it, and what was really holding me back was that all of my frames were already matted and I didn’t want to let that lovely mat go to waste. Well I decided that was dumb. I’ll just save the mat for when I need it someday and enjoy my lovely photo now. Into the Ikea frame it went (which is not matted, but is big enough only for the 5×7 photo).
I moved the nail on the bathroom wall a smidge to the left and this little lady was ready to hang horizontally.
I think it’s kind of fun because our house and the OGM were actually built around the same time (our house is a few years older, in fact), so it’s kinda like the two houses are old friends. Plus they’re only, like, two miles away from each other. It’s like they totally went to high school together or something. Except the OGM housed governors and my house…not so much.
I heard recently that Fonville Winans prints might not be available for much longer because of some legal issues, so I’m glad that I’ve got this one and a few others gracing my walls. He photographed lots of local landmarks in the 30′s, including LSU (my beloved alma mater). It’s kind of fun to see how things have changed (or haven’t) since then. If you’re interested, you can see all of Winans’ photographs here.